OBJECTIVE: To assess current and future adequacy of physiatrist supply in the US.DESIGN: A 2019 online survey of board-certified physiatrists (n=616 completed, 30.1% response) collected information about demographics, practice characteristics, hours worked, and retirement intentions. Microsimulation models projected future physiatrist supply and demand using data from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, national and state population projections, American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, and other sources.RESULTS: Approximately 37% of 8,853 active physiatrists indicate their workload exceeds capacity, 59% indicate workload is at capacity, and 4% indicate under capacity. These findings suggest a 940 (10.6%) national shortfall of physiatrists in 2017 with substantial geographic variation in supply adequacy. Projected growth in physiatrist supply from 2017 to 2030 approximately equals demand growth (2,250 versus 2,390), suggesting that without changes in care delivery, the shortfall of physiatrists will persist with a 1,080 (9.7%) physiatrist shortfall in 2030.CONCLUSION: Without an increase in physiatry residency positions the current national shortfall of physiatrists is projected to persist. While a projected increase in physiatrists' use of advanced practice providers may help preserve access to comprehensive physiatry care, it is not expected to eliminate the shortfall.
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